Shark City Reviews

  • Mar 08, 2015

    What happened here? Striving to fly as a con-caper/bromance comedy hybrid (for lack of a better description), Shark City has some seriously clipped wings. The dialogue is just tired and jolted, like the actors just forgot to try. The action always feels forced, and is never believable. So often, movies and hollywood get poker wrong, and measured by that shortcoming, this one surely fits the bill. The player who runs the big game, Callaway, could win a cool 3 million (the pot with his ace high flush, and the side bet against the mobster antagonist). Yet he folds the winning hand (to allow Kenny to repay his debt; but to Callaway, Kenny is essentially a stranger whose only connection to him is Kenny is a friend of a friend). He even gives Kenny his $100,000 stake money back! No self respecting big-time gambler would pass up a 3 million payday for a 1.4 one. Ridiculous! The movie gives a weak explanation that the hand was a setup for Callaway to get revenge on the mobster - his former boss. Yet he would have won the 1.5 million from the mobster either way. No need to pass up winning a 1.5 million pot with the best hand, at his own club, when no one would have raised a finger to stop it. Poker players are ruthless, and no self-respecting poker player would do this.

    What happened here? Striving to fly as a con-caper/bromance comedy hybrid (for lack of a better description), Shark City has some seriously clipped wings. The dialogue is just tired and jolted, like the actors just forgot to try. The action always feels forced, and is never believable. So often, movies and hollywood get poker wrong, and measured by that shortcoming, this one surely fits the bill. The player who runs the big game, Callaway, could win a cool 3 million (the pot with his ace high flush, and the side bet against the mobster antagonist). Yet he folds the winning hand (to allow Kenny to repay his debt; but to Callaway, Kenny is essentially a stranger whose only connection to him is Kenny is a friend of a friend). He even gives Kenny his $100,000 stake money back! No self respecting big-time gambler would pass up a 3 million payday for a 1.4 one. Ridiculous! The movie gives a weak explanation that the hand was a setup for Callaway to get revenge on the mobster - his former boss. Yet he would have won the 1.5 million from the mobster either way. No need to pass up winning a 1.5 million pot with the best hand, at his own club, when no one would have raised a finger to stop it. Poker players are ruthless, and no self-respecting poker player would do this.

  • Apr 24, 2013

    pretty boring and with pretty lame ending

    pretty boring and with pretty lame ending

  • Nov 19, 2010

    pretty boring and with pretty lame ending

    pretty boring and with pretty lame ending

  • Sep 06, 2010

    What a waste. the acting was bad, no story plot after 30minutes into it. Turning it off so I wouldnt waste my afternoon.

    What a waste. the acting was bad, no story plot after 30minutes into it. Turning it off so I wouldnt waste my afternoon.

  • Oct 20, 2009

    There was nothing especially wrong with this, it was just a kind of pastiche of better movies put together. The main characters were a tad too unlikable, but the whole thing was done with enough competency to be worth watching.

    There was nothing especially wrong with this, it was just a kind of pastiche of better movies put together. The main characters were a tad too unlikable, but the whole thing was done with enough competency to be worth watching.